In the 1800s, the Butterfield Overland Stage ran for about 3 years. The route was designed to pass through the southern portion of the United States and carry news from the East Coast to the Western frontier. It did the job.
Mark Twain wrote about the Butterfield Stage in his book, Roughing It. I’m sure it was a tough journey, and I’m sure Twain’s account is colorful. Stagecoach rides were especially susceptible to robbing… think 3:10 to Yuma-style with bandits hiding behind the boulders of the desert. The stage was later replaced by the railroad.
To commemorate the Pony Express days, Benson puts on the Butterfield Overland Stage Days. The U.S. Postal Service makes a special cancellation every year for stamp collectors who want to commemorate the event. This year they are having a ton of events. The 23rd Annual Butterfield Overland Stage Days event is being held October 10-12, 2008.
This is good family fun. Friday Night starts it off with dinner and Movies in the Park, featuring a family favorite, Charlotte’s Web starring Dakota Fanning. Throughout the weekend, they’ll have a quilt show, a fun run, a paradem a pancake breakfast and more!
The Pony Express Post Office and Mail Run, Chili Cook Off, Pioneer Village, Ranger Camp and Kids Korral with Jumping Castles, face painting and games will take place on Saturday. Afternoon entertainment will feature local bands, dancers, stars from “Benson’s Got Talent” and a Quad Stunt Show.
Ready for some home town fun in southern Arizona, heart of the Old West? Head out to Benson or other events in Cochise County!